Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has committed to ‘banning developer donations and strengthening perceived conflicts of interest for councillors’. She has also said, ‘I will not make rules for local councils that I am not prepared to follow myself, so any changes we make will apply to state, as well as local government’.
This raises questions whether the current Queensland Local Government system is fit-for-purpose for effective local governance. How has the system been reformed and what do the CCC findings tell us about the unintended consequences of these changes? Is systemic change required or are the current findings from a few potentially corrupt elected members simply aberrations as might occur in any system of democratic local governance? What are the implications for other state-based local government systems? How do these claims by the CCC impact the reputation of Queensland Local Government? And, what does this poor reputation do for intergovernmental relations across the nation?
In his presentation Dr Martin will identify systems and processes both professional and elected members can adopt to ensure that they are not captured by corrupt practices. It will include strategies CEOs and senior managers can adopt to ensure that such practices are prevented protecting the interests of elected and professional staff.